Author Archives: Bob Ruggiero

About Bob Ruggiero

I am a passionate fan of classic rock (and related music) with 25+ years experience writing about it for daily/weekly newspapers and magazines.

Justin Hayward’s Days (and Nights) in White Satin

  Of all the hits that the Moody Blues have charted over the past 50+ years of existence, the one big calling card for the English band is probably “Nights in White Satin.” Atmospheric, classically orchestrated, mysterious, and featuring dreamy … Continue reading

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Gregg Rollie’s Journey Back to Santana

On the day of Prince’s death last year, television was awash in old interviews, concert clips, and videos. During a 1999 chat with Larry King on CNN, the Purple One talked specifically about three of his biggest musical influences: Stevie … Continue reading

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The Yardbirds Still Got It Live If You Want It!

Coming out of the suburbs of London in 1963, the quintessentially English Yardbirds had one of the more interesting career trajectories of bands in terms of sound. They hatched as a mostly hardcore blues-based group, specializing in covers like “Good … Continue reading

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Paul Rodgers Still Traveling with Some Bad Company

One of the more egregious omissions from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (now that Chicago, Yes, ELO, and Journey are in) has got to be Bad Company. Here’s an interview I did with lead singer Paul Rodgers last … Continue reading

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News flash! Immigration policy targets classic rockers!

As always, Stephan Pastis, creator of my favorite comic strip, “Pearls Before Swine” gives us a wry comment on classic rock. But does this mean that foreign governments will move to keep out Boston, Kansas, Chicago and even…America and their music … Continue reading

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Steve Lukather on Toto, Boz, Ringo, and…”Africa.”

  This is a piece I did last summer on Toto and Steve Lukather – just in time as they are about to embark on another jaunt across the country!  ‘Tis the season of summer, which also means it’s the time … Continue reading

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John Oates Still Has a Lot on His “List” To Do

John Oates has a lot to love about his career these days. Long after their records made regular appearances on the Top 40, Hall & Oates maintain an enthusiastic fan base and sell out shows. Last year saw the release … Continue reading

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